When The Going Gets Tough: The Tough Do Hardcore Workouts

3 November, 2017 • Tags: , , , , ,

‘This will toughen me up’ you tell yourself whilst murmuring into your leg shield during the toughest workout of your life. And then before you know it you have to attack each other, and you can’t help but think to yourself ‘why didn’t I just sign up for that sleeping yoga class again..?’

The truth is hardcore sports have more benefits than just getting you in shape. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has always been a means for self-development first and self-defense second. China’s Shoalin monks practiced kung-fu as a physical expression but also to gain more focus and to stay in the present moment. Because there is nothing like the threat of a boxing glove in your face…

So next time, don’t let these workouts scare you off. Give it a go and you will soon notice mental and physical changes. Where should you start? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered with these four activities.

MMA

When you combine all the traditional martial arts in the world, MMA is what you get – a fusion of the best in one style. This is probably one of the most effective movement strategies you could ever imagine, not forgetting Braxilian jiu jitsu, kung fu, grappling and boxing are also part of the family. All these sports promote confidence and make you stay in the moment – lose focus and you’ll be your opponents dinner. You also learn to combat men and women, teaching you to stand up for yourself as well as improving your reaction time.

CROSSFIT

These workouts typically involve short, intense bursts of exercise designed to make you strong. Crossfit will make daily life easier – from carrying heavy groceries or even chasing your dog up a hill. CrossFit turns every physical challenge you come across into a piece of cake. During a session you will learn how to squat/stretch/push-up correctly and burn some calories. And girls you don’t have to worry about bulging shoulder muscles, weights are only used with specific exercises.

KRAV MAGA

Krav Maga might not have specific rules, but you won’t be fighting against an enemy during this workout. Krav Maga uses a mix of martial arts techniques and focuses on instinctive movements and realistic training scenarios. You’ll learn what the most vulnerable areas to attack are, and how you can defend yourself, (which is quite useful if you are trying to get that last piece of pie at a buffet). All that elbowing makes for a highly effective workout, and hey you’ll learn a new skill as well.

CALISTHENICS

Cali-ste-whut? All you have to remember about this sport is that you don’t need weights. And yet, it will make you buff af. What’s the secret? Using your body-weight, even the US army do it! This sport is also ideal for women, since science suggests women can perform at a higher intensity and won’t get as tired as men. So with calisthenics, you can jack up those reps without lifting more each week. Oh, and the best part: you can do calisthenics anywhere. Fancy a go on those monkey bars in the park? Go for it.

November 16 is ‘International Men’s Day’, so release your inner soldier, warrior or mountaineer this month during these workouts:

Amsterdam

BJJ, boxing, MMA & more at Vos Gym

Krav Maga at Krav Maga HSW

Tang Soo Doo at Yung Hap

CrossFit at Reebok020

Calisthenics at Calisthenics Amsterdam

Rotterdam

Muay Thai & Boxing at Oosterbaan Gym

MMA & Boxing at Watson Sports

Calisthenics at De Bunk’r

Krav Maga at Krav Maga HSW

Den Haag

Krav Maga at Krav Maga HSW

Self-defence, Boxing and Krav Maga at Grea Krav Maga

Kung fu yoga en kickboking at Vechtsportschool Den Haag

Utrecht

Krav Maga at Krav Maga HSW

Boxing at Fightingclub Van Dams

BJJ, grappling and 10th planet jiu jitsu at Elevation Sports

 

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